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Some of the folders distributed at New Student Orientation in May mistakenly contained the summer assignments for both 9th and 11th grade English. All incoming TAG freshmen should complete only the assignments titled “Freshman English Summer Reading” and “Freshman Summer Reading Log.” Both assignments are available at the following link:

TAG apologizes for the mistake and for any inconveniences caused by it. If you have any questions about the summer assignments for freshman, please contact Ms. Greer at

The TAG Magnet office is closed for the summer! TAG will be closed from June 25 until July 16. On July 16th, the office will re-open with hours from 8am – 4:30pm.

Have a wonderful summer!

Below is the ACP class schedule for TAG for this week. Please note that Tuesday, May 29 is a full school day and Wednesday, May 30 – Friday, June 1 are short days with release to lunch occurring at 1:10pm and buses departing Townview at 1:40pm.

Tuesday, May 29th (Full School Day)

1st Period ACP   9:05am – 11:10am

2nd Period Class  (normal “A” day lunch schedule)  11:15am – 12:55pm

5th Period ACP  1:00pm – 3:00pm

4th Period Class   3:05pm – 4:16pm


Wednesday, May 30th (Early Release Day)

2nd Period ACP       9:05am – 11:05am

6th Period ACP       11:10am – 1:10pm

Lunches distributed    1:15pm – 1:35pm

Buses Leave        1:40pm


Thursday, May 31st (Early Release Day)                               

3rd Period ACP    9:05am – 11:05am

7th Period ACP     11:10am – 1:10pm

Lunches distributed    1:15pm – 1:35pm

Buses Leave                1:40pm


Friday, June 1st (Early Release Day)

4th Period ACP   9:05am – 11:05am

8th Period ACP    11:10am – 1:10pm

Lunches Distributed   1:15pm – 1:35pm

Buses Leave                  1:40pm


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Be a key part of the exciting TAG Digital Team who stays on top of all TAG news & updates! We communicate TAG news via our online channels of Website, eBlast, Facebook, Instagram and Group Text.  You will be mainly a backup and we provide training, so you don’t have to be expert or proficient. Email TAG Webmaster for details.

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TAG is excited to welcome our new teachers and college access provider. Please click here to read their bios:

College Access Provider Mr. Gerardo Padierna
Computer Science  Mr. Joe Gaasbeck
Math Ms. Cymone Lonon
Science Ms. Erin Morrison
English Ms. Chelsea Wells


Featured Student

Dr. Travis McPhail

Travis McPhail, a Class of 2000 TAG graduate, has a special reason to look forward to the September 24 opening of the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum for African-American History and Culture. As a Google computer scientist, Dr. McPhail heads up Project Griot, an interactive 3D exhibit that will launch at the museum in 2017. With a group of colleagues from the Black Googler Network, McPhail has developed a way for museum visitors to interact with scanned images, text and other materials for many of the museum’s artifacts, since space limitations only allow a fraction of them to be exhibited at any one time. If you don’t want to wait until next year to see an example of the group’s work, you can check out an interactive Google Expedition that takes participants on a virtual journey along the path of the historic Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Georgia. The expedition launches online in the last week of September.

At TAG, McPhail was drum major of the Big D Townview Band and volunteered to visit middle schools to recruit 8th graders to TAG. He went on to Rice University, where he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. degrees in computer science. He is currently a project lead at Google where he works on 2D and 3D rendering for Google maps.

If you are interested, here is a selection of articles by/about Travis.

Official Google blog post by Dr. McPhail

3D Google Exhibit to Tell History of Black America